Rangers tired? No way

May, 13, 2012
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By now, many of you have run across this stat: No team since 1987 (when the playoffs switched to a seven-game series format) has gone on to win the Stanley Cup after playing 14 games in the first two rounds.

Beginning Monday, the Rangers will try to be the first.

In less than 48 hours, New York will host the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference Finals -- a Hudson River Clash that marks the third playoff meeting between the two teams since the lockout.

Whereas the sixth-seeded Devils knocked off the Flyers in five games, the Rangers required seven to dispose of the pesky Washington Capitals. But don't even think of uttering the "F" word: fatigue.

"No challenge," defenseman Michael Del Zotto said when asked if the Devils have an advantage given the rest they've enjoyed since their semifinal victory. "We're all in great shape here. 14 games, we played 82 in the [regular] season]. It's not a big deal. We're ready to get back to work Monday and everyone's excited."

Captain Ryan Callahan said the team will take one night to relish the victory before hitting the re-set button and re-adjusting their sights on their Atlantic Division rivals.

"We''ll enjoy this tonight," Callahan said. "But tomorrow we gotta get focused again to play Monday."

Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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